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Interview with Leandro Silva

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Date Added: 23rd July 2014

Arch-viz specialist and studio founder, Leandro Silva, talks about his popular CGRecord image and realizing architectural design...



Leandro Silva's CGRecord image was extremely popular in our gallery in March, amassing over 2,500 points from nearly 300 votes. He even produced a great making of which can be viewed here. We caught up with Leandro to discuss his career and aspirations so far...

3dtotal: Tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you, what do you do, and where are you located?
Leandro Silva: Hi everyone! My name is Leandro Silva. I'm an architect and 3D artist from Portugal. My interest in the arch-viz industry began during an architecture course with the three-dimensional representation of some academic projects.


In 2013 I founded my own studio, Leandro Silva ARCH.VIZ that develops professional, high-quality 3D visualization images focused both in architecture and design, producing visuals for a wide range of project types.


3dt: Tell us about your image CGRecord CH1. Was it a challenge to create? What inspired it?
LS: CGRecord CH1 was a peculiar work. On the one hand, it represented the possibility of entering into a rendering competition, in which would be present great international artists with works of great quality. On the other hand, it was a real challenge trying to create something different, capable of expressing and framing the Crescent House designed by the architects Saota & Antoni Associates.


The inspiration focused on a personal interpretation to the question that I put to myself, "What space does this house belong to?" The answer almost immediately arrived to imagine it in a simple and quiet space surrounded by trees and small bushes, reflecting a green landscape, which the house should hold dialogue with.


3dt: Tell us the story behind your artwork: What brought you into the digital art world and what software do you use?
LS: The initiation into this field was something natural and, in a certain way, expected; first noticed during my academic years at the university, but it was mainly as an architect that the connection to this industry was intensified, when I realized the importance and the function that architectural visualization has on the development and communication of any project.

Having the ability to create not only images, but adding something else, is what motivates me and brought me here. In terms of software, I use mostly 3ds Max, V-Ray, Forest Pack, Marvelous Designer and Photoshop.


3dt: How did you learn to paint digitally?
LS: I consider myself a self-taught artist. The desire to learn did the rest. Nowadays, more and more, there are good sources of information on various forums which allows us to evolve as artists.

Still, the projects themselves always set me new challenges which I need to know how to respond to and learn how to exceed. Learning becomes a continuous process. The expression 'learning by doing' eventually describes my learning process.

3dt: How do you keep your portfolio up-to-date? Any tips?
LS: The portfolio is something that is constantly being built. Maintaining an updated portfolio, to me, does not mean showing all the works that I participate in, or including images for the sake of it.

I think that all published images must have their own identity and be able to communicate something, reinforcing the meaning and concept behind each project. It is necessary, above all, to filter what to show and particularly how to show.


3dt: Who are your favorite artists, traditional or digital, and can you explain why?
LS: Bertrand Benoit, Alex Roman, Marek Denko, Viktor Fretyán, MIR or Peter Guthrie are some of my main references in architectural visualization. The quality of their work explains my choice: I particularly identify with the images they produce.

3dt: What software would you like to learn in the future to expand your portfolio and skillset, and why?
LS: 3ds Max and Photoshop mostly. Being able to exploit the software capabilities and some of its plug-ins is certainly a goal. In parallel, I would also like to start learning ZBrush, because I think that would be a very useful tool to 'sculpt' certain objects.


3dt: How do you like to unwind after a hard day's (or night's) work?
LS: Generally, I take the opportunity to relax, to be with my family and friends, listening to music, watch good movies, hang out, go to the beach and go running.

3dt: If you could choose any superhero power, what would you take, and why?
LS: Tony Stark/Iron Man, essentially because it's a self-made superhero, without transcendent superpowers. His skills come only from his intelligence and ability to use available resources.

Related links

Check out Leandro Silva's website
You can also Like and follow his work on Facebook
View The Making of CGRecord
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